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Digital and Printable Math Activity: Find the Area of the Dinosaur



Are you looking for a fun activity to use when teaching finding the area of rectangles? In this activity students create a dinosaur and find the area of each part of the dinosaur. The best part? This activity comes in a DIGITAL and PRINTABLE version! You get both in this download! Check out the video preview to see how to complete this activity digitally.

Here’s how it works digitally: Students move the pieces to create the dinosaur. They estimate the area of each part. Students type their estimations. Then students find the area of each part by moving the square tiles to cover the rectangle. Students count the tiles and find the area of the rectangle. Students type the area.
– Slide 1: Directions
– Slide 2: Movable Pieces to create dinosaur and cover the area
– Slide 3: Estimation and Measurement Table (students type estimations and measurements)

Here’s how it works with the printable version: Students cut out and assemble the dinosaur. Students estimate the area of each part. Students cover with square tiles to find the area. Students write their estimations and measurements on the recording sheet.
– Template to create dinosaur (2 options)
– Square Tile template
– Recording Sheet for estimations and measurements (2 options)
– Directions and Picture Examples

You will receive the digital files in the following formats:
Power Point Users: There are files that you can simply open up and use… or add them to your Google Account/Platform of choice
SEESAW Users: These activities are preloaded. With just a click (that is provided) you can save and assign the activities
GOOGLE Users: You can download the files directly to your Google account with just the click of a button! Or you can manually add the PowerPoints if you prefer that!
VIDEO Directions: I have included a screen recording video for google slides and seesaw so that you know exactly how to use these resources.

*This purchase is for SINGLE USE ONLY. To share with other teachers or teammates, an additional license will need to be purchased.

This activity was originally created for our 2nd Grade Magic of Math Unit 6: Measurement. The Digital and Printable Versions are included within that unit. Please do not purchase if you own that teaching resource or the 2nd Grade Magic of Math Bundle.


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